While today’s boomers are generally in better health and have a longer life expectancy than any generation before them, there is also a rise in chronic health conditions. This weeks guest blogger, Janet Penny, RMT and boomer, explains how regular Massage Therapy can help our aging bodies.
Since turning 50 so many conversations start this way. Two simple words, so many meanings and the context ensures there is no doubt what is the reference.
At the gym this simple phrase suggests that we have to work harder to get the same results. When uttered at the doctor’s office, “Age, eh?” makes it clear that another health milestone has been reached, whether it is high blood pressure or slightly elevated blood sugar.
Rather than being alienating or depressing, hearing this from my peers makes me feel like part of a club, the kind of club that makes me feel at home. Anyone over 50 has had their struggles, faces a changing body and knows they have a lot to be thankful for. It is a great leveling ground.
My work as a massage therapist puts me in touch with many people in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond. Whatever we have spent time doing over the preceding decades shows up in our bodies. Couch potatoes, recreational or competitive athletes and the repetitive strains of our livelihoods have taken hold. They present as aches and pains, masquerade as arthritis and often make us fear that they are the early warning signs of serious illness.
Physical discomfort can also be a reminder that our bodies require a tune-up. Massage Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that addresses built-up muscle tension and muscle imbalances. Together these two presentations are responsible for most of our bodily aches. Reducing muscle tightness alone can ease headaches, back pain and prevent injury.
Our soft tissues – muscles, ligaments and fascia – are endlessly forgiving. They can change throughout our entire lives, allowing us pain-free movement and greater mobility as we age.
Massage therapy can also be an effective adjunct therapy for many medical conditions. Arthritis pain can be lessened, surgical scars rehabilitated and the effects of cancer treatment alleviated with simple touch from a skilled massage therapist. Regular massage treatments can also be helpful in managing the many stresses that accompany these years of ensuring our kids are well launched and our parents well cared for.
Massage therapy is easy to incorporate into your regular routine of eating well and being active in order to optimize wellness. Prevention and maintenance are key to a long and healthy life!
Janet Penny, RMT is fascinated by the resiliency of the human body and how it withstands all that we put it through. Everyday her work provides the opportunity to help people feel better by incorporating massage therapy to handle stress, prevent injuries as well as manage the effects of cancer treatments.
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